Friday, September 26, 2008

Lipstick on Pygmalion

Nothing about tonight's Presidential debates changed my mind or my vote. I have always had respect for John McCain's service to his country, as a soldier, a POW, and a Senator... I don't think he did badly in tonight's debate with Barack Obama. Other than the fact that he developed a weird, nervous giggle; dredged up tangential anecdotes from the distant past; and refused to make eye contact with Obama or even turn slightly to acknowledge his opponent, he didn't do too badly.

But if his choice of Sarah Palin as running mate isn't proof the man lacks the judgment necessary to lead this country at one of its most challenging times, I don't know what is:

She's even more inarticulate than President Bush. After watching her struggle to link words together in a coherent sentence, I was ready to forgive Bush his inability to pronounce "nuclear" after eight years of constant coaching. Palin truly is the "people's choice" among those who think Barack Obama is "elitist" for being well-educated and articulate. She makes them feel smart.

See the video below. Did anyone else immediately think, "Wow, this could be Palin's running mate in four years, should (God forbid!) anything happen to McCain"?

Will Sarah Palin debate Joe Biden? Will the McCain campaign let her speak in public after that disastrous interview?

I doubt even Henry Higgins could pull of a miracle of that magnitude.

3 comments:

  1. You hit the nail on the head, Holly!!! McCain made a VERY bad decision by selecting Palin!!!

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  2. OMG.
    I wanted to bust out laughing at your choice of interview to compare with, but uh - it's a little too close for comfort. Instead, I want to vomit.

    It's taking a lot for me NOT to run out into the streets and pull my hair screaming. Approximately half of the likely voters in this country are willing to vote for her? WTF??

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  3. It's just not trendy to be smart, Jen. We think, therefore we're not to be trusted. Perhaps it's more disturbing to think it's not the intelligence, after all, but the skin color - moments like this are so telling, aren't they?

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